Conservation Intern

Expected Dates
November 19, 2018 to April 22, 2019
San Marcos Aquatic Resource Center
Position ID

The San Marcos Aquatic Resources Center maintains a refugium for and conducts research on listed aquatic species associated with the Edwards Aquifer and other Texas spring systems. Increased pressure on the Edwards aquifer from area growth and development, increased water use, drought, and introduction of invasive plants and animals has seriously affected species maintained and studied at the Center. We seek an intern to assist U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service personnel in maintenance and propagation of endangered Texas wild rice and other plant species. The main duties of this position include collection of Texas wild rice seed from the wild; propagation and care of Texas wild rice, other aquatic species, and streambank species; mixing soil and potting plants; maintaing and repairing aquaculture tanks and water supply/drainage systems; data collection and other assistance with plant research projects; and maintenance and monitoring of planting sites. The intern will also be involved with projects to improve and maintain the nursery, to include construction of plant benches, repair and maintenance of the irrigation system, and inventorying and monitoring of nursery supplies. The intern will operate government-owned vehicles during work hours, for official use only. The intern must provide personal transportation and must have a valid driver’s license. The intern will work 8-hour days Monday through Friday. This is a 6-month internship.

  • The Center is located in San Marcos, Texas in the transitional zone between the Balcones Escarpment (“Texas Hill Country) and Blackland Prairie.
  • ATV/UTV operation, first aid and CPR, defensive driving, pesticide handling
  • The San Marcos River is a popular recreational destination for swimming, tubing, and fishing. The City of San Marcos Discovery Center and Texas State University Meadows Center offer educational opportunities on the aquifer and regional river systems.
  • Yes
Main Area of Focus
Natural Resources Mgmt
Education, Training & Skills Expected
some coursework or experience
Data Entry
competent without supervision
Field Research
some experience
some experience
Plant Identification
some experience
Volunteer Coordination
some experience